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A 59-year-old man who authorities say carried out a shooting rampage at a Louisiana movie theater on Thursday night that killed two women and injured nine others was remembered by an old acquaintance as being anti-women — in addition to being outspoken against a lot of things. John Russell Houser made numerous appearances on a local TV talk show in Columbus, GA., back in the 1990s. The host of that show, Calvin Floyd (who’s since retired), talked about Houser with a reporter from The Washington Post. Floyd said he often welcomed Houser as a guest because “he was radical,” which made for compelling television. Floyd said Houser was “opposed to women having a say in anything” and was fiercely anti-tax. “He had a high IQ, but there was a lot missing with him,” Floyd remarked. Houser’s brutal shooting rampage killed Mayci Breaux, 21 and Jillian Johnson, 33, as they watched the movie Trainwreck, written by and starring feminist comedian Amy Schumer. Police say Houser fatally turned the gun on himself as they arrived on the scene. Floyd said he wasn’t surprised to learn of what Houser is suspected of doing. “It did not surprise me one bit,” he said. “Something was amiss.”
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